How to Handle a Dental Emergency
Emergencies can be scary. Feeling prepared and knowing what to do in case of an emergency can help you feel calmer and more in control in these kinds of situations, whether the person with the emergency is you, a family member, or a friend.
If you need help with a dental emergency, please call Midnight Sun Dental Center, the office of Dr. Brad Woodring – your family’s emergency dentist in Eagle River, AK.
1. Stay calm!!
We know this can be challenging, but staying calm is the key to getting prompt treatment and keeping everyone else relaxed and comfortable as well – including the person who is having the emergency!
2. Providing stabilizing treatment.
If a tooth has been broken or lost, find the tooth or the broken piece. Clean it off using cool running water and be careful not to handle or remove any attached pieces of tissue. Place the tooth or piece of the tooth into a container of milk, salt water, or even the patient’s own saliva.
If the patient is bleeding, apply gauze and pressure to help control it. Pain and swelling can be managed with saline rinses, ice packs, or over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
3. Call an emergency dentist.
The faster you call, the faster we can get you in. We keep space in our schedule for dental emergencies and can usually see patients the same day they call. We also offer after-hours instructions for emergencies. Just call our regular number at (907) 622-3000 and listen for instructions.
4. Keep up with regular check-ups!
Good preventive care can prevent many common types of emergencies. Healthy teeth are less likely to break, and most pain can be avoided by catching any developing problems early. If you’re overdue for a cleaning or check-up, please call our office today to get back on track. No judgment here! We just want to help restore your health.
If you are having an emergency, please call us right away. However, if your emergency involves severe bleeding, head trauma, a broken bone, or dizziness and nausea, please go to the emergency room first!